Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Healthy Low Carb Pizza Crust

I don't eat pizza. Or pasta. Or rice. Or bread. And I am not sorry for this.

However this has not always been the case. In the past I was filled with guilt when I made my friends choose places to eat or cook around my dietary preferences. They did not seem to understand that I just can't handle eating certain foods. I would often be looked at in disgust as I ate the toppings off pizza, or the fillings in sandwiches, leaving behind the doughy and refined crust or bread. When I started dating my current partner I felt ashamed of my dietary preferences and hid them at first, because who wants to be seen as that crazy girl who only eats salad when on a date?! So I gave in and ate whatever I felt like for a few months ignoring my normal food bans. And do you know what? I got fat. Well not fat fat but a little pudgy. No one admitted it to me but I did. Since being in a relationship, the weight kept slowly creeping on and before I knew it I was looking a little rounder and softer than before and my clothes were significantly tighter. After seeing photos of myself from earlier this year I knew I had to refine my diet once again. I told William we were no longer eating sugar and my black list of foods was back and in force! And guess what? Not surprisingly I lost weight.

It is for that reason I am not sorry I have strict and bizarre dietary habits. While I am happy to on occasion have the special sweet treat, generally I will not eat refined sugar, bread, pasta or rice. I am not sorry that I will massacre my slice of pizza or pick out the noodles from a stir-fry. These habits allow me to feel comfortable in my own skin and force me to eat foods which are nutrient dense and better for me. A gluten-free and refined sugar free diet has also left me feeling so much better, less bloated and with far more energy.

However I still like to eat lots of food, just good food, like this healthy pizza.


While I have created flourless pizza bases in the past they have never really given me the 'this could actually be real pizza' feel that I have desired. What I mean by that is that the base has never been strong enough to support the topping so you could pick it up and eat it with your hand as you would 'real' pizza. One of my favourite bloggers who I absolutely adore, The Healthy Foodie, posted an amazing blog post on a cauliflower pizza crust with a picture of her hand holding a piece of pizza, with the crust strong enough to support the topping. I got a little excited by this and when last week my fortnightly veggie box, delivered to me through Aussie Farmers Direct, came with a cauliflower in it I knew great things were about to happen...

And how they did! My taste buds were delighted on Monday night when introduced to this Cauliflower Crust Steak Pizza. While I changed the healthy foodies recipe slightly, it still resulted in a firm crusted pizza that I was able to pick up with my hand. The base was moist and flavourful, and unlike pizza dough was refreshingly light, which I felt complimented the hearty and tender scotch fillet steak perfectly. The pizza was also greeted with as much enthusiasm from the boyfriend, who although acknowledged the taste and texture was different to normal pizza, said it was delicious nevertheless.


The pizza base is paleo, gluten-free, low carb, protein rich and nutritious. So basically everything that regular pizza dough is not. However most importantly it tastes great and would work with any topping your heart desires. Go on and try it, I assure you that you will be pleasantly surprised :)


Healthy Low Carb Pizza Crust
Adapted from The Healthie Foodie
Serves 4

Ingredients

1/2 head cauliflower
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp horseradish
2 eggs
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 tbsp fresh parsley
3/4 cup almond meal
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp granulated stevia or honey
Salt and pepper to season

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 210 degrees Celsius (410F). Line a pizza pan with baking paper and place it in the oven to warm up.

2. Chop the cauliflower into small florets and place in a food processor. Blitz on high until the cauliflower resembles small 'rice' like particles. Do not over process as you do not want the mixture to turn into a puree!

3. Remove the cauliflower crumbs from the food processor and place in a small microwave safe bowl. Place a damp piece of paper towel on top of the mixture and microwave for 5 minutes, until the cauliflower is soft. Let the mixture cool for a few minutes before using either paper towel or a tea towel to squeeze out excess moisture from the cauliflower.

4. Add the mustard, horseradish, eggs, chia seeds, parsley, stevia, almond meal, coconut flour and seasoning to the cauliflower crumbs and mix to combine. Depending on how much moisture you were able to squeeze out, you may need to add more or less almond meal/coconut flour to the mixture to achieve a wet dough-like mixture.

5. Once your dough has reached a moist yet thick and semi-firm texture, remove the hot pan from the oven and place the wet dough on the prepared pan, spreading it out so it covers the entire base of the pizza pan evenly. Put the pan in the oven and bake for 20-25 min until golden brown.

6. Once cooked remove the pizza from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before topping with desired ingredients. I made a tomato base by mixing tomato paste with some Dijon mustard, crushed garlic and dried Italian herbs, spread it with a pastry brush across the pizza and then topped it with baby spinach, seared scotch fillet steak, mozzarella cheese, homemade sugar-free BBQ sauce and fresh parsley. I then placed the pizza back in the oven and baked for 10 minutes. Once you remove your pizza from the oven allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy :)

29 comments:

  1. I bought a cauliflower on the weekend to make a cauliflower crust pizza! It seems to be very popular nowadays! :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Lorraine! Hope your pizza turns out delicious also :)

      Delete
  2. I loved the cauliflower pizza, but my sensitive stomach on the other hand hated it! After practically drooling over it and raving about how good it was, I spent my night tossing and turning with a pregnant sized tummy and hating myself for eating it!

    Jesse on the other hand loves it! My version was a bit different though as I only used egg whites cauliflower and a little bit of Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh no your poor tummy! Cauliflower does have that effect on some people how unfortunate!

      Delete
  3. So tasty you don't even realize it's healthy! )

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love how honest you are about your dietary choices. I try to stay away from most grains and hardly ever touch wheat. I'm definitely that girl who eats a huge salad every day for lunch and yup, it annoys my friends too. I find that food in general can be tough when you're in a relationship because you want your partner to feel that he's getting what he needs and that he feels comfortable and satisfied but at the same time, you know if you eat like him, the pudge will come in an instant. I'm glad you were able to be upfront about your food desires. Eating clean makes you feel good and keeps your head clear..I always find if I eat sugar, I experience a huge sugar crash and just feel like crap. Your pizza looks AMAZING! I've made cauliflower crust pizza before and loved it, but your crust looks like it came out way crispier than mine so I'll definitely be trying your recipe! Thanks for an entertaining and real-life post!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for the lovely comment! I agree completely. If eating clean makes you feel wonderful then you shouldnt feel bad for doing it!

      Delete
  5. I have always wanted to make a cauliflower crust for the weekend pizza..yours looks amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I've been seeing a lot of this on pinterest and have been wanting to try out this pizza crust myself. Your recipe sounds pretty manageable and easy and your pizza looks amazing! Thanks for the great recipe Brooke!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you :) I was surprised how easy it was too and did not take nearly as long as I thought it would :)

      Delete
  7. A cauliflower crust?? It looks so delicious and full of protein! I will have to try it. I love how you are not sorry for your dietary choices...and you shouldn't be. The most important people in your life will support you and will encourage you as you embark on this journey. Continue to stay true dear!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for the kind message :) And yes my friends and boyfriend as much as they complain I know support me :)

      Delete
  8. I believe we should be more picky when it comes to food since what we find in our grocery shops is 80% processed and high in sugar. I'm definitely with you! Never tried cauliflower crust pizza, your pictures are amazing and even though I'm not a fan of cauliflower I'm so tempted and willing to try it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree completely with that! More people need to be scrutinising of the food that is sold to us as 'food.' And I hope you do try this! No doubt you will love it as much as I did :)

      Delete
  9. Aahh, this is very interesting how you made the crust. I have gained weight because of all the desserts I make, so I think this crust is definitely for me. And I love cauliflower. It looks great, perfect for a sunny day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanx! Wish it was sunny here though!

      Delete
  10. Wow! How is it that I never got a ping back for that? I had to land on this page after clicking on a picture of your pizza on chowstalker, thinking this looked like a pretty darn good pizza! Lo and behold, I check out the ingredients and realize that the crust was based on my recipe.

    Reading on, I also learn that you're a big fan of my blog. YAY! :D How awesome is that! Thanks a bunch for the kind words, Brooke. You're a total gem.

    And your pizza does look absolutely delicious! I am real happy to have helped inspire such a great dish.

    Now I think I have to give your version a try...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh your comment has made me far too excited! I am so flattered you like the pizza!! :D

      Delete
  11. I've been looking for a good pizza recipe!! SOOO glad I visited your site today and found it!!! I'm definitely going to try this! It looks great :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Let me know how it goes Grace! I loved it :)

      Delete
  12. I actually saw a cauliflower pizza crust a while ago and it sounded great but couldn't recall where I saw it. I'm not sure if it was where you found it but now I'm going to be certain to save the recipe. This really looks delicious and so healthy! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Nice blog.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Vicki. Cauliflower pizza crusts have been quite popular for a while now and as I have been convinced are a great alternative to regular pizza!

      Delete
  13. Check it out!!! http://wp.me/p3lZQM-to
    Posted your recipe to my blog

    ReplyDelete
  14. I totally hear you, Brooke! I love a full fat, tons of sugar, lots of gluten sweet treat on occasion (1-2 times a week) but other than that I eat really healthy to keep myself feeling and looking good. It can be hard when it comes to going out to eat (something I actually avoid most of the time) but it's important I do whatever it takes to stay healthy. Lots of exercise helps too! This pizza sounds like an awesome compromise.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Brooke, this pizza looks PERFECT! What an amazing meal.

    ReplyDelete
  16. https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=%22comment%22%20site%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.brookes-kitchen.com%2F&ei=zMcGVPfOEMG78gXZqYKgDg&start=10&sa=N&ion=1&biw=1440&bih=799&cad=cbv&sei=_8cGVKGJCMni8AWX4YHIDg&rct=j#q=%22comment%22+site:http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/&start=20
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/04/paleo-fig-crumbles.html?showComment=1409730537108#c8621165999547317784
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/berry-banana-smoothie.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/04/grilled-asparagus-with-caesar-aioli.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/coq-au-vin-ma-variete-preferee.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/pumpkin-protein-granola.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/04/slow-cooker-beef-minestrone-soup.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/04/healthier-carrot-cake-with-lime-cream.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/healthy-cauliflower-crusted-chicken-pie.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/chipotle-deviled-eggs-with-homemade.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/mini-salted-caramel-chocolate-cake.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/07/healthy-low-carb-pizza-crust.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/07/healthy-low-carb-pizza-crust.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/p/about-me.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/08/healthy-fruit-leather-aka-rollups.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/p/reviews-and-ramblings.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/p/blog-page_18.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/i-dont-know-what-in-particular-made-me.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/04/crock-pot-blueberry-morning-oats.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/grain-free-beef-and-veggie-cabbage-rolls.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/black-bean-protein-brownies.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/today-we-had-party-at-work-for-our.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/05/chicken-soup-for-soul.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/p/blog-page.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/05/chicken-soup-for-soul.html
    https://www.google.co.jp/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=22&ved=0CCQQFjABOBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.brookes-kitchen.com%2Fp%2Fblog-page.html&ei=HMgGVI6wNpKA8QWo4oKIBw&usg=AFQjCNEsGJh_0OrMGgnuzPgrN7U-jjJYTQ&sig2=udoheGwC1tL3ljoLrcOjbg&bvm=bv.74115972,d.dGc&cad=rja
    https://www.google.co.jp/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=23&ved=0CCsQFjACOBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.brookes-kitchen.com%2F2013_03_01_archive.html&ei=HMgGVI6wNpKA8QWo4oKIBw&usg=AFQjCNFVmtC2Lz9_nJ9Uy38Stv3vFuTxmQ&sig2=rNyRRIBZ2_6ObywJi5CzEA&bvm=bv.74115972,d.dGc&cad=rja
    https://www.google.co.jp/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=24&ved=0CDMQFjADOBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.brookes-kitchen.com%2F2013%2F05%2Fbar-searching-in-melbourne-new-gold.html&ei=HMgGVI6wNpKA8QWo4oKIBw&usg=AFQjCNFxU4cHVE_PSsEB0iDizPKHVO9CkA&sig2=koMw5IGVpsrwLdH8qXmrNA&bvm=bv.74115972,d.dGc&cad=rja

    ReplyDelete
  17. https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=%22comment%22%20site%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.brookes-kitchen.com%2F&ei=zMcGVPfOEMG78gXZqYKgDg&start=10&sa=N&ion=1&biw=1440&bih=799&cad=cbv&sei=_8cGVKGJCMni8AWX4YHIDg&rct=j#q=%22comment%22+site:http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/&start=20
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/04/paleo-fig-crumbles.html?showComment=1409730537108#c8621165999547317784
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/berry-banana-smoothie.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/04/grilled-asparagus-with-caesar-aioli.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/coq-au-vin-ma-variete-preferee.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/pumpkin-protein-granola.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/04/slow-cooker-beef-minestrone-soup.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/04/healthier-carrot-cake-with-lime-cream.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/healthy-cauliflower-crusted-chicken-pie.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/chipotle-deviled-eggs-with-homemade.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/mini-salted-caramel-chocolate-cake.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/07/healthy-low-carb-pizza-crust.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/07/healthy-low-carb-pizza-crust.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/p/about-me.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/08/healthy-fruit-leather-aka-rollups.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/p/reviews-and-ramblings.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/p/blog-page_18.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/i-dont-know-what-in-particular-made-me.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/04/crock-pot-blueberry-morning-oats.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/grain-free-beef-and-veggie-cabbage-rolls.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/black-bean-protein-brownies.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/03/today-we-had-party-at-work-for-our.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/05/chicken-soup-for-soul.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/p/blog-page.html
    http://www.brookes-kitchen.com/2013/05/chicken-soup-for-soul.html
    https://www.google.co.jp/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=22&ved=0CCQQFjABOBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.brookes-kitchen.com%2Fp%2Fblog-page.html&ei=HMgGVI6wNpKA8QWo4oKIBw&usg=AFQjCNEsGJh_0OrMGgnuzPgrN7U-jjJYTQ&sig2=udoheGwC1tL3ljoLrcOjbg&bvm=bv.74115972,d.dGc&cad=rja
    https://www.google.co.jp/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=23&ved=0CCsQFjACOBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.brookes-kitchen.com%2F2013_03_01_archive.html&ei=HMgGVI6wNpKA8QWo4oKIBw&usg=AFQjCNFVmtC2Lz9_nJ9Uy38Stv3vFuTxmQ&sig2=rNyRRIBZ2_6ObywJi5CzEA&bvm=bv.74115972,d.dGc&cad=rja
    https://www.google.co.jp/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=24&ved=0CDMQFjADOBQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.brookes-kitchen.com%2F2013%2F05%2Fbar-searching-in-melbourne-new-gold.html&ei=HMgGVI6wNpKA8QWo4oKIBw&usg=AFQjCNFxU4cHVE_PSsEB0iDizPKHVO9CkA&sig2=koMw5IGVpsrwLdH8qXmrNA&bvm=bv.74115972,d.dGc&cad=rja

    ReplyDelete

Your comments really make my day :) Thank you for stopping by!